The Text

The pathology results are in for the fluid in Dad’s brain…

There was a chance that the fluid was either (in order from best to worst news) dead/dying cancer cells, goo from the trauma of surgery (and/or hitting his head multiple times since), or new cancer cells forming.

—drumroll please—


HOORAY!  And a follow up MRI, 24 hours after surgery, revealed that it had not returned. Mom said she felt like driving down the street, windows open, yelling “THERE’S NO FLUID!!”

Mom had been {glam}camping in the new R.V. outside the hospital all week (with a german shepherd and two pomeranians in tow), and she was ready and waiting in her hospital-front campsite when Dad was sprung from his much bigger room at Scripps on Saturday morning (4/20/13).

From the hospital, he and Mom went where all people go after brain surgery———Nordstrom’s (of course)! Dad even attended a housewarming party that same day, where Graham played guitar and we all celebrated the latest good news.

On Sunday, Mom and Dad headed out for their first R.V. road trip! Their tentative plan is to drive up the coast toward wine country. I’ll post updates as I receive them.


Oh—In case you were wondering how things went when Dad read (on his own blog no less) that I’d crashed his car on the way to the hospital; Here’s the text I received from him on Friday morning (the day after the accident and subsequent blog post, where I slyly revealed it to Dad):


Hannah Jane Nancarrow is a San Diego State University alumni, with a B.A. in journalism and new media. After graduating in 2011, Hannah worked in local T.V. news before her dad was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Hannah managed and contributed to her dad’s incredibly popular blog ( and social media platforms before he passed away, after 11 months of bravely battling and blogging. The diagnosis was a catalyst for her own writing and for following each whim and dream. Today, Hannah writes her own blog and has been a keynote speaker at San Diego Women's Week, Relay for Life, and a top fundraiser for cancer-related causes throughout San Diego. Hannah also has a passion for health and fitness, since losing 75 pounds in 2011. She earned her Spinning® and group fitness instructor certifications, and teaches weekly cycle classes in Encinitas, California. Hannah also earned her real estate license and works in the family business, Nancarrow Realty Group, in North County San Diego.

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  1. Lisa says:

    This is great news Hannah I am so happy for you dad,
    mom and your kidlets 🙂 LOL at your dad’s text about the car accident maybe since they are out of town he won’t even see the ca till its fixed! Glad you are ok, car accidents are scary even fender benders you get all shaken up! Things are looking up this week! Lisa xoxo

  2. Nenette Popiela-West says:

    Wishing you and your family well means just that; wishing you and your family well always.
    Happy and safe trip. (I am puzzled, what the heck do you buy at Nordstrom to go camping in a motor home?)

  3. says:

    I am so happy for Loren and your family, such wonderful news. I first saw Loren on the news when I moved to San Diego some 20years+ ago. Really liked his style,; he definitely has charm and appeal. Then at Street Scene I saw him reporting. I think I had a little crush on him. I followed his garden tips and was thankful to have someone reporting ideas that people could actually use instead of the usual gloom and doom. Years later when he had disappeared from channel ? I almost literally ran into him at “The Third Corner” and discovered he had moved to channel 5. I was so happy to tune in again and see his happy face and the wit and charm that went with it, and I’m sure I will see him again soon I hope.

    My very best to you Hannah, Your Super Dad and incredible supportive family,

    A stranger and admirer,

    Vanessa Bill

  4. Again, and again, and some more agains, we are so touched and feel so privilege that you and your family continue to include us (Blog followers, concerned San Diegans, lovers of the fight) in your families journey with this heroic fight of your Dads…As I read today’s post I found myself holding my breath as I continued to read the outcome of this last surgery. So happy with the good news, and feeling blessed that prayers are being heard and answered. Continueing to hold you all in our family prayers and look forward to hearing about your parents Northern adventure. Great that they get this time together while your Dad heals…

  5. Shana Haugum says:

    Loved seeing the texts to see how your dad responded to the car. 🙂 You’re a lucky daughter to have such a loving father, and he is a lucky man to have such a loving daughter as well. Hooray for Goo!! 🙂

  6. Hershell says:

    First of all, congratulations on the good news! Every day is precious and as I have gotten older I have recognized this more than ever before. Like Loren, I try to stay closer to my three children each day. Cars can easily be fixed and your dad was just happy that you were not hurt. When I think of Loren and Suzie’s trip up to the wine country, I want to remind tbem to take along the movie Sideways as a guide and many good laughs. Forget the rest of the world and nust have fun for a few dsys! If you make up to Calistoga, be sure to take a mud bath at Golden Haven, an unforgettable experience! Have fun, but don’t drink any of that f…ing Merlot!

  7. Helen Stratton says:

    I cannot help but follow this blog because we are in the same situation with my husband and brain cancer. You both say things that I don’t often get to express out loud, but I do feel that you are saying exactly what I am thinking and feeling. My heart is with your whole family and I hope that the RV trip is fabulous in every way.

    Sent from Windows Mail

  8. Patti Wissehr says:

    Hannah, you are a talented writer. Every time I read yours or your Dad’s blog I cry…happy tears, sad tears, every emotion possible tears. A true good writer makes you feel all of the emotions…thank you for including us on your journey. God Bless Loren!

  9. Anthony Sabri says:

    Wonderful News, Hannah! Thanks for the update. I hope mom & Dad are enjoying their road trip!! My best to all the Nancarrows!

  10. Susan R. Wise says:

    Excellent, thrilling, joyful news regarding Loren’s surgery analysis! Hope you, Graham & Britta will each have a wonderful, sunny, fun-filled Springtime day! Julian & I are sending our very best wishes + my prayers for Loren & Susie’s pleasant, safe trip up to the “wine country” (my, I jealous, oh well, another trip for us in the future!) Love, Hugs and Prayers, Susan & Julian Wise

  11. Loretta Emery says:

    YAY! Amen and thank God for answered prayers! So excited for you all!

  12. Colleen says:

    Whoever would have thought “goo” was a good thing! Prayers and good karma are continued your way. Thanks Hannah for the update!

  13. Denise Schmitt says:

    This is fabulous news!!! So happy for everyone!!! Enjoy the trip!! Post photos … Blessings… Denise

    Sent from my iPhone

  14. Trudie Hewitt says:

    Good news ! Have a safe & fun trip

    Sent from my iPad

  15. Bonnie says:

    From blob to goo to road trip….sounds like a journey filled with laughter, hope, love and precious moments. YAY “goo be gone” !

  16. Yay! Love this post, the great news and the fact your folks are out relaxing… As for Nordstrom’s I would go there any time!! There isn’t a Nordstrom’s in driving distance here. We have to go on an adventure just to get to one. That is just one of the things I miss about San Diego. DAF

  17. says:

    WHEW!! OH, WHAT A RELIEF IT IS!! So happy to hear the “goo is gone”!! Don’t know how far north you are going but the steam engine train ride out of Santa Cruz, up into the giant redwoods, is worth the day trip….. Can have lunch there and ride the train back to Santa Cruz……I love those trees……. Also the Highway 1 drive, even though it is very scary, at times, it is breathtaking……..Happy Trails!! Becky Nielsen (feel like an old friend)

  18. orthicon says:

    loren..remember the good old days when people told us we had goo on our brians.. and we got insulted??..glad to hear it, bud..

  19. Savta Lois says:

    living proof of how important a good sense of humor is! Laughter is truly the best medicine of all.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Good things happen to good people! Your wonderful family is the best medicine for Loren. So just keep the good news coming! The Nancarrow road adventure begins.Sending love and good spirits your way..Miz Shirley

  21. Anonymous says:

    Yea! Cancer is banned, forever!

  22. connie G. says:

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful gooey news Hannah. Your parents are such a great example of how to live life to it’s fullest while managing the challenges. So many people, which includes myself sometimes, let the challenges manage their life. This is such a good reminder of how to live life happier, despite the set backs. I’m so glad they’re on their way to fun road trip.

  23. Starwin1 says:

    Good parents are a blessing.Glad it all went well….more proof GOD does send his angels to help.

  24. Yea! Great news, Hannah! So the goo is just leftover from the blob…geez…but what a relief! So glad you’re folks are hitting the road for beautiful wine country…sensory overload but in a peaceful way….beautiful things to see, touch and taste!

    Kudos on the fender bender. God love him, you’re dad is just being a dad, but how great is that?! He’s a wonderful husband (obvious from your mom’s devotion to him) and a wonderful father to the three of you! Thanks so much for sharing!

    God bless,

  25. MikeW says:

    Very uplifting news. Peace and health to you and yours every day.

  26. I am so happy about the good news!

  27. Germaine says:

    YAYYY!!! Congratulations to the whole family!!!

  28. Anonymous says:

    Great news!! 🙂 Have an AWESOME time on the roadtrip!

  29. Jill says:

    So glad to hear everything is ok and that you are on your well deserved trip. Hannah, maybe he will forget about the accident by the time he gets back….probably not but I am sure he won’t be too mad. Blessings, Jill

  30. Mary Carmen says:

    YAY Hannah!! Yes, you are a very good writer! Looking forward to the many adventures of the Nancarrow Wine Escapes! Make sure to tell them to stop in Paso Robles. Some of the hidden jewels of wineries are hidden there. And Tobin James is one of them. Maybe a little Bocce Ball while tasting? Best wishes and YAY for GOO!!!!

  31. Priscilla says:

    Great news!! Goo is great news! All that for GOO! LOL! Don’t ya love it!., yes! Thank you Hannah for all the updates. I love knowing that Loren has hit the road!

  32. Patt Dougan Shinsky says:

    He is surrounded by love! Great news and “cheers” in the wine country to celebrate.

  33. Adrienne Brown says:

    Love your messages and your writing Hannah !Please keep us in mind if your parents need any help or questions with their RV. We live here in Encinitas and your sister has been at our home before. We have owned many RV’s and traveled in them for over 20 years. My hubby knows EVERYTHING about them and would love to help in anyway!!

  34. don sheffler says:

    Wow, great news. And great texting, what a cool dad and daughter team you are.

  35. Joanne Monia says:

    Like I said “Don’t Stop Believin’!” – Carry on Nancarrow Family full speed ahead! 🙂

  36. jayne says:

    Wow .. yay!! Happy dance!! *Twirls Around!!*

    Love Love Love to ALL Nancarrows!!

  37. Anonymous says:

    Yay for the update:) Love to you all!

  38. Chuck Buck says:

    Please give my very best wishes to your dad and thank you, on behalf of all the dad’s of America, thanks for being such an outstanding daughter

  39. Andy Casillas Hein says:

    Sounds like a really FINE bottle of wine is in their future. Thanks for the info and yes, you are a very good writer.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Hannah, your really ARE a great writer! And thank you for the good news about your dad!

  41. Julie Mckaig says:

    Awesome 🙂

  42. Anonymous says:

    What a great news!

  43. Catherine says:

    Allowing celebration with you on this uplifting news! I continue to pray for full recovery and a long, prosperous life that mystifies the medical community! Yea family Nancarrow!

  44. Once again you Hannah brought a smile to my morning,
    the news you delivered to my email and fb sent joyous shievers .Followed by the text from pops. love it .

  45. Anita Lawrence says:

    What great news!

  46. Barb Decker says:

    Yay! What amazing news! So happy for your Dad, and for your entire family. Hannah, you are a talented writer, and most importantly, a loving daughter…glad you shared the great news!

  47. Marilyn Hyder says:

    Hannah..thank you for the update…so glad the news was good and your folks are on the road!

  48. Janette Dorricott says:

    Hannah, Glad to read your comment about your dear dad. My thoughts are with your dad and family. Speedy recovery! \|m/

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you for the update! Glad to hear they are getting out of town for a bit. Your dad is in my prayers and yes, you are a talented writer and devoted daughter – there’s nobody more special to a gal than her dad. Be well…

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